Mark Melancon has a 49.50 ERA

Have that sink in for a bit.
I don’t care how early in the season it is. That is horrific. And here’s the really disturbing thing.
He started the day with a 22.50 ERA.

He now has to throw some zeros on the scoreboard to bring it DOWN to 22.50.

The Red Sox have played 11 games. They have lost 7 games. Melancon was the losing pitcher in 2 of those games.

He didn’t get the loss today. He just faced 6 batters. He retired none of them. He walked 2 and let up 4 hits, three of them homers.

0 IP 4 H 2 BB 3 HR 6 R 6 ER

Possibly the worst line you will ever see.

HOORAY!

Remember when there was some good will in Fenway after those 3 straight wins?
Me neither.

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I’m Sully and I approve this off season for the Red Sox

The Red Sox had post season dreams that fell just short… like Carl Crawford’s diving attempt on the last play of the season.

The manager is gone. The closer is gone. The Captain may have played his final game.
A new GM is in charge but undermined by the owners.

It’s time to make tons of changes to the Sox, right?

NO!!!!

I have been advocating that the Red Sox take a step back and heaven forbid REBUILD FROM WITHIN.

Let the Angels cough up years and picks for Albert Pujols. And 5 years for C. J. Wilson? Gee whiz I wonder if they will regret that.
Let the Marlins pony up cash for Jose Reyes and a closer like Heath Bell.
Let the Rangers pay Yu Darvish’s posting fee.

Jimmy Rollins? He belongs in Philadelphia.
Carlos Beltran? It’s amazing that he syncs up his best season in years with a free agency stint. Have fun in St. Louis.

Aramis Ramirez? Mark Buehrle? Grady Sizemore? Jim Thome? Jason Marquis?

Who in that group is a good long term answer for the Red Sox?

And who is left in the free agent market? Prince Fielder? Roy Oswalt? Edwin Jackson?

And forget the trade market.

Yeah the Red Sox could have had Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez.

But Cahill cost Arizona some of their top prospects including Jarrod Parker, their phenom pitcher who made a cameo in the post season.

And Gio Gonzalez cost Washington some of their best young players.

The Red Sox don’t need to empty their farm!
They need to try out as many PawSox as they can.
The Red Sox need to fill in holes and they don’t need to do it with high priced free agents, blockbuster trades that send the future packing and surrendering draft picks.

The Sox are making smart moves.
Mark Melancon? Not sexy but talented and can help in the pen.
Nick Punto? Won’t make many headlines but gives the Sox some infield depth,
Kelly Shoppach? OK, he can’t hit. But how can his bat be worse than Varitek’s now?

Don’t be worried about making noise for December 2011.
Focus on turning the page and seeing what the team needs.
Pile up draft picks and see what gems are hidden in the system.

Let the Marlins, Angels and Nats make the splash now.
I’m thinking about 2013 and beyond.

Keep up the good work of not doing anything big.

It’s not going unnoticed by THIS Sox fan.

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Sully Baseball Salutes… Jed Lowrie

The Red Sox traded Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to the Astros for reliever Mark Melancon.

It’s a smart trade. The Red Sox need to rebuild their bullpen and Jed Lowrie is not a long term answer for the infield. Melancon is talented, piled up saves for an awful Astros team and has a good ERA+. And he’s only 26 years old.

But before we bid good bye to Jed Lowrie, let’s salute him.
He was part of that 2005 First Round crop that supposedly was going to replenish the Red Sox.

Jacoby Ellsbury has held up his end of the bargain.
When healthy Clay Buchholz has been a stud.
Craig Hansen was supposed to be a the next bullpen ace. It didn’t work out that way.
And Jed Lowrie was going to provide depth SOMEWHERE in the infield.

The Sox got the Lowrie pick as a result of losing Orlando Cabrera to the Angels.

And it was against the Angels that he had his greatest moment.

In 2008 Division Series, the Red Sox were the defending World Champions but the Angels were the best team in the American League. If any team looked like they were in a position to unseat the World Champs, it was this Angels team. But the Sox took the first two games in Anaheim and then lost an extra inning thriller in Game 3.

Game 4 was a back and forth affair with the Angels tying the game in the 8th. In the 9th, Jason Bay dropped a bloop double in front of Reggie Willits. With 1 out, Mark Kotsay hit a linedrive that looked like it was going to clinch the series but Mark Teixeira made a diving catch at first base.

Up stepped Jed Lowrie who swung at Scot Shields’ first pitch and smacked it into right field. Bay came around to score and the Red Sox were off to the ALCS.

It was the 16th post season series won by the Red Sox.
(7 World Series, 4 ALCS and 5 Division Series).

And as of this writing, it was the last playoff series won by Boston.

In those 16 post season series victories, only 3 ended with a walk off hit.
The 1912 World Series ended when Larry Gardner hit a 10th inning sacrifice fly.
The 2004 Division Series ended with a David Ortiz home run.
And the 2008 Division Series ended with Jed Lowrie’s single.

We all jumped up and celebrated that night.

So before you head off to Houston, let’s salute Jed Lowrie and say thank you.

And hopefully the number of Red Sox who ended a post season series with a walk off hit will increase before long.

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